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An Indigo Summer

A moving memoir of grieving through art in North Wales from debut author Ellie Evelyn Orrell.
One summer, Ellie Evelyn Orrell reunited with her mother following the death of their respective grandfather and father. They returned to the small village of Betws Gwerful Goch in North Wales. Ellie returned from studying at university, while Jeanette had been studying the art of indigo dyeing in Japan. An Indigo Summer invites readers into their hillside garden as these two women grieve through art. Orrell draws on the history of indigo dyeing as she reflects on art, the Welsh landscape, and the strangeness of once-familiar places. Lyrical and moving, these stories include some of the illustrations created that summer, inspired by Welsh natural beauty.

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"Both an insightful meditation on homecoming and a testament to art’s healing properties—complete with occasional sketches and photographs— Orrell’s dazzling debut is as rich as indigo itself. Fans of Krista Tippett and Katherine May will be enthralled." 

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Returning Home
Chapter 2 - The Woodshed Vat
Chapter 3 - A Landscape of Indigo
Chapter 4 - On Food and Foraging
Chapter 5 - Glas Blue Ao
Chapter 6 - A Blue House
Chapter 7 - Collections
Chapter 8 - Late Summer

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